The OliKrom company combines innovation and energy and ecological transition
LuminoKrom® photoluminescent paint is produced and distributed by the company OliKrom (33, France). OliKrom is a company founded in 2014 by Jean-François Létard, then director of research at the CNRS, and recognized expert in photochemistry. With several dozen patents, the OliKrom company has unique expertise in the field of color intelligence.
OliKrom develops tailor-made solutions for different types of coatings (paints, inks, masterbatches, etc.) and supports industrial partners from “idea to production” of the product in all sectors of activity, whether ‘it concerns health, cosmetics, automotive, road marking …
OliKrom and its intelligent pigments, symbols of deep tech
Color intelligence: from idea to production – OliKrom © According to BpiFrance, OliKrom is the symbolize of deep tech. In a study published last April, the Boston Consulting Group and the organization Hello Tomorrow and that the number of start-ups belonging to the new stream of deep tech is increasing very rapidly. By deep tech we mean real breakthrough innovations. Some 3,500 issues of research start-ups were listed worldwide by the British fund Atomico in 2015, and the number of creations has quintupled each year since 2011 on both sides of the Atlantic.
Born from the work of Jean-François Létard, OliKrom has developed pigments capable of changing color according to changes in their environment: change in temperature, pressure constraints, change in brightness, presence of a solvent or a gas … Very resistant, programmable, they offer color changes, reversible or not, completely autonomously.
There are many applications: making it possible to spot at a glance a part of an airplane that has overheated or received an impact, imagine walls whose paint changes color depending on the time of day… In other words, OliKrom is the antithesis of the easily copied mono-product start-up, active in a single market. Since its creation, it has already signed with 70 major partner groups from different sectors.
How to combine innovation and energy and ecological transition?
Today, OliKrom is an ambassador for the Coq Vert Bpifrance community. For several years, the OliKrom team has been using all the facets of color intelligence to contribute to the challenges of the ecological and energy transition by creating innovative solutions, such as a luminescent LuminoKrom paint for road marking as a replacement. public lighting, or even a reactive paint applied to buildings to fight against urban heat islands.
The LuminoKrom® solution was developed with the support of ADEME’s “Route du Futur” program, in interaction with the Eiffage Group. It is about creating the infrastructures of tomorrow, which are safer, more economical, more eco-sustainable. The challenge for LuminoKrom® is to secure accident-prone areas without public lighting.